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Haunted House? Buyers are Fine if the Price is Right

Spirits, ghosts, apparitions and even the occasional flying or levitating object may not always dissuade a home buyer. A survey conducted by indicates that there is a tolerance among home buyers for the unexplained when it comes to a home they like. Not without concession of course, and the main one is price. Survey results reveal consumer thresholds for purchasing haunted houses for sale vary, but most expected discounts when buying haunted houses for sale.

“When purchasing a home, buyers want to know what they are getting into and that includes anything potentially spooky,” said Alison Schwartz, vice president of corporate communications for Move Inc., which operates “Our data reveals that while the majority of consumers are open to purchasing a haunted home, many buyers conduct research on a home’s history to be aware of any weird incidences. Additionally, data finds that while some respondents are willing to purchase a haunted home at a discounted price,  many say levitating objects, ghost sightings and objects moving from one place to another would deter them from purchasing a home.”

Sentiment regarding a haunted home purchase:

• 26 percent indicated they would consider purchasing a haunted house for sale • 36 percent might consider a haunted home purchase • 38 percent would not consider a haunted home purchase

Consumer experiences with haunted real estate:HauntedHouse_Infographic

• 51 percent heard about someone else’s haunted home experience • 35 percent lived in a home they suspected to be haunted • 25 percent have researched a home’s history to find out any eerie past incidents

Most popular warning signs a home could be haunted:

• 61 percent thought a cemetery on the property could be an indication • 50 percent thought homes over 100 years old could be haunted • 45 percent considered quick transitions in owners could be a sign • 45 percent believe that an unexplainable low price on the home is alarming • 43 percent suspected homes in close proximity to a battlefield could be haunted

Of the respondents who would consider purchasing a haunted home, many indicated that they would expect  discounts on a property:

• 12 percent would pay full market value or more for a haunted house for sale • 34 percent would purchase a haunted home if it were discounted 1 to 30 percent • 22 percent would purchase a haunted home if it were discounted 31 to 50 percent • 19 percent would purchase a haunted home if it were discounted 51 percent or more

Among the respondents who would contemplate purchasing a haunted home, the following spooky occurrences would scare them away:

• 75 percent, levitating objects • 63 percent, objects being moved from where they were placed • 63 percent, ghost sightings • 61 percent, supernatural sensations • 61 percent, flickering lights/appliances • 60 percent, strange noises (footsteps, doors slamming) • 34 percent, warm or cold spots

It’s critical to note that disclosure laws vary from state to state. In some states sellers are not required to disclose violent crime, possible haunting and other things one might expect to be brought up. And as far as cemeteries, there are many buyers that are quite happy living by and enjoying the green space provided by cemeteries. Hey, even ghosts and zombies can be good neighbors if the price is right. See article

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